Monthly Archives: February 2022

Viridiana – Luis Buñuel (1961)

Viridiana: The Human Comedy – “Luis Buñuel shot Viridiana in the early months of 1961, in his native Spain. It was the first film he had made there since his departure for the United States and Mexico in 1939, and … Continue reading

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Captain Beefheart – Grow Fins: Rarities (1965-1982)

“Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band set rock on its ear from 1965 until 1982, when leader Don Van Vliet retired from music. Engineering a mutant strain of musical DNA (tuff-ass garage punk R-n-B, extraterrestrial field hollers, austere ‘classical’ miniatures, … Continue reading

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The Shire

“The Shire is a region of J. R. R. Tolkien‘s fictional Middle-earth, described in The Lord of the Rings and other works. The Shire is an inland area settled exclusively by hobbits, the Shire-folk, largely sheltered from the goings-on in … Continue reading

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Crystal Set #14: Circus Nerves by Kenward Elmslie

“I bought this copy of Circus Nerves last summer at The Captain’s Bookshelf in Asheville, North Carolina–one of my favorite bookstores–along with the 1968 Something Else Press edition of Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein and the 1948 first American edition … Continue reading

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Searching for Kemet: Malcolm X in Egypt

“We all know the name Malcolm X, but few of us have heard of Malik El-Shabazz, the name the civil rights activist adopted after his conversion to Islam and under which he journeyed to Cairo in the early 1960s. As … Continue reading

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Fletcher Knebel – Night of Camp David (1965)

“A couple of months ago, prominent political pundits began buzzing about a provocative book by a Washington journalist. The book — which raised questions about what Congressional leaders should do if the president was mentally unstable and unfit for office … Continue reading

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Chance encounters: the dynamic world of Ben Patterson

Ben Patterson (second right) with George Maciunas, Dick Higgins, Wolf Vostell, Alison Knowles (hidden) and Emmett Williams performing Philip Corner’s Piano Activities, Wiesbaden, 1962 “There is a very dramatic and beautiful photograph by Oscar van Arpken, of a performance of … Continue reading

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And This Is Free: The Life And Times Of Chicago’s Legendary Maxwell Street (1964)

“After languishing out of print for many years, Mike Shea’s legendary film on Chicago’s Maxwell Street Market, And This Is Free, has finally been reissued by Shanachie and I imagine news of this will stir up quite a bit of … Continue reading

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Cuban Cinema of the Sixties: From Myth to Reality

Death of a Bureaucrat, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea (1966) “As a complement to the exhibition Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950, the Walker Moving Image department has curated Cinema Revolution: Cuba, a series of four classic Cuban films by … Continue reading

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Robert Penn Warren – Who Speaks for the Negro? (1965)

“In 1965, Random House published Robert Penn Warren’s book titled Who Speaks for the Negro? In preparation for writing the volume, Warren traveled throughout the United States in early 1964 and spoke with large numbers of men and women who … Continue reading

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